On this day, December 24, in hip-hop history…
2012: One year ago, Brooklyn Native and Pro Era rapper Jamal Dewar a.k.a Capital STEEZ passed away. He was one of the founding members of Pro Era, and one of the prominent faces of Brooklyn’s movement Beast Coast (consisting of Pro Era, The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies).
STEEZ released his solo project, AmeriKKKan Korruption, on April 7, 2012 producing hits like “Survival Tactics” with Joey Bada$$ and “Free the Robots.” The release date, which is also the seventh day of the fourth month of the year, was in congruence with his fascination with the number 47. A number which Jamal felt was a perfect expression of balance in the world because it represented the struggle between the fourth chakra (the heart) and the seventh (the brain).
The 19-year-old MC was breaking into the scene and widely considered to be next up after Joey Badda$$. Tragically, STEEZ was found dead on Christmas Eve in Manhattan’s Flatiron District after he jumped off a building early in the morning right after he took to Twitter to tweet “The end.” This happened two days after Pro Era dropped their first full project together, PEEP: The aPROcalypse, on December 21, 2012. Regardless, STEEZ’s legacy lives on in the influence of Pro Era and their music.
RIP Capital STEEZ.